Hadi Azmi

Hadi Azmi

Hadi Azmi is the Post's Malaysia Correspondent. Based in Kuala Lumpur, he covers Malaysian politics and current affairs. He has written for Bloomberg, The New York Times, and CNN.

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From Singapore’s ban mian to Malaysia’s roti canai: soaring wheat prices hit Southeast Asia’s street-food favourites

A looming global shortage of wheat amid the war in Ukraine has sent the cost of flour used in ‘ban mian’, ‘roti canai’ and other popular snacks shooting up, leaving vendors little choice but to pass on the increase to customers.

A looming global shortage of wheat amid the war in Ukraine has sent the cost of flour used in ‘ban mian’, ‘roti canai’ and other popular snacks shooting up, leaving vendors little choice but to pass on the increase to customers.

14 May 2022 - 10:30AM
‘Cakes and cash’ feature in rare Malaysia TV debate between 1MDB-tainted ex-PM Najib and opposition leader Anwar

Najib Razak, who is on bail appealing a 12-year jail sentence, has often avoided debates but this time took part in a 90-minute stand-off with seasoned orator Anwar Ibrahim.

Najib Razak, who is on bail appealing a 12-year jail sentence, has often avoided debates but this time took part in a 90-minute stand-off with seasoned orator Anwar Ibrahim.

14 May 2022 - 9:34AM
Malaysia’s racial tensions flare as 1MDB prosecutor set to defend ethnic Chinese driver who killed eight Malay cyclists in 2017

Gopal Sri Ram, the main prosecutor in Malaysia’s 1MDB trial, to lead Sam Ke Ting’s appeal against a conviction for reckless driving that killed and injured a group of teenagers riding illegal, modified bikes.

Gopal Sri Ram, the main prosecutor in Malaysia’s 1MDB trial, to lead Sam Ke Ting’s appeal against a conviction for reckless driving that killed and injured a group of teenagers riding illegal, modified bikes.

12 May 2022 - 9:59PM
Malaysia 1MDB scandal: lawyers call for ‘walk for justice’ to defend judiciary amid anti-graft probe backlash

Legal fraternity urged to rise up after ‘total disregard by certain quarters for the hallowed principle of the independence of the judiciary’, with rising anger over a probe into the judge who convicted ex-leader Najib Razak.

Legal fraternity urged to rise up after ‘total disregard by certain quarters for the hallowed principle of the independence of the judiciary’, with rising anger over a probe into the judge who convicted ex-leader Najib Razak.

6 May 2022 - 7:47AM
Ukraine war: Malaysia diplomat’s remarks on allowing Russia semiconductor exports raise fears Kuala Lumpur could be hit by sanctions

Kuala Lumpur’s envoy to Moscow suggested Malaysia would consider ‘any request’ from Russia for the sale of semiconductors. But, a deal could see Malaysia blacklisted for breaching sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Kuala Lumpur’s envoy to Moscow suggested Malaysia would consider ‘any request’ from Russia for the sale of semiconductors. But, a deal could see Malaysia blacklisted for breaching sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

29 Apr 2022 - 1:14PM
Malaysia 1MDB scandal: backlash as judge who convicted Najib Razak investigated for corruption

The sudden scrutiny of Nazlan Ghazali, a judge who presided over the 2020 conviction of former PM Najib Razak on 1MDB charges, has drawn sharp criticism.

The sudden scrutiny of Nazlan Ghazali, a judge who presided over the 2020 conviction of former PM Najib Razak on 1MDB charges, has drawn sharp criticism.

26 Apr 2022 - 9:04PM
Malaysian politics: Is Anwar-Najib debate a sign the country is hurtling back to ‘Game of Thrones’ style of politics?

‘Game on. I agree to debate with Anwar. Let’s rock,’ said former PM Najib Razak, reacting to the prospect of a debate with veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim on whether the government should bail out cash-strapped Sapura Energy.

‘Game on. I agree to debate with Anwar. Let’s rock,’ said former PM Najib Razak, reacting to the prospect of a debate with veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim on whether the government should bail out cash-strapped Sapura Energy.

22 Apr 2022 - 8:30AM
Hundreds of Rohingya flee Malaysia detention, 6 die on highway

More than 520 migrants escaped from the Sungai Bakap Temporary Detention Centre in northern Kedah state following a riot at around 4.30am.

More than 520 migrants escaped from the Sungai Bakap Temporary Detention Centre in northern Kedah state following a riot at around 4.30am.

20 Apr 2022 - 5:02PM
Malaysian singer Yasin Sulaiman’s arrest reopens legalisation debate about medical cannabis

Yasin, who became a household name in Malaysia during the 1990s for his Islamic devotional and spiritual music, used cannabis for his bipolar disorder. He now faces the death penalty if convicted.

Yasin, who became a household name in Malaysia during the 1990s for his Islamic devotional and spiritual music, used cannabis for his bipolar disorder. He now faces the death penalty if convicted.

20 Apr 2022 - 10:26AM
Rohana Rozhan, Tim Leissner, Rosmah Mansor: all you need to know about the people mentioned in Roger Ng’s 1MDB trial

The former Goldman Sachs banker’s just-concluded US trial turned up new, at times sordid, details about what has been described as the world’s biggest corruption case.

The former Goldman Sachs banker’s just-concluded US trial turned up new, at times sordid, details about what has been described as the world’s biggest corruption case.

17 Apr 2022 - 9:00AM
Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza arrested over Powerpuff Girls artwork satirising royals

The activist appeared to ridicule Malaysia’s monarchs with a satirical painting depicting Mojo Jojo, a villainous cartoon character, in traditional royal attire.

The activist appeared to ridicule Malaysia’s monarchs with a satirical painting depicting Mojo Jojo, a villainous cartoon character, in traditional royal attire.

15 Apr 2022 - 11:15AM
As Malaysia mulls next 1MDB move, will Roger Ng’s US conviction dent Najib’s popularity?

US jurors found the ex-Goldman banker guilty of helping to embezzle millions from Malaysia’s state fund, in a verdict analysts hope will burst perceptions by Najib’s camp that the case is a political hit job.

US jurors found the ex-Goldman banker guilty of helping to embezzle millions from Malaysia’s state fund, in a verdict analysts hope will burst perceptions by Najib’s camp that the case is a political hit job.

12 Apr 2022 - 6:45PM
Malaysians vexed as Singaporeans eye cheap petrol, drive dangerously after borders reopen

Just seven days after the land crossings reopened, Malaysians are pointing a finger at opportunistic Singaporeans buying subsidised fuel meant only for citizens, with ex-PM Najib Razak wading in on the issue

Just seven days after the land crossings reopened, Malaysians are pointing a finger at opportunistic Singaporeans buying subsidised fuel meant only for citizens, with ex-PM Najib Razak wading in on the issue

7 Apr 2022 - 5:49PM
Malaysia’s call for Asean to embrace its national language irks critics and Indonesia

PM Ismail Sabri says there are many native speakers across Southeast Asia, a position that views all Malay languages as essentially the same and one that Indonesia disagrees with.

PM Ismail Sabri says there are many native speakers across Southeast Asia, a position that views all Malay languages as essentially the same and one that Indonesia disagrees with.

6 Apr 2022 - 7:39PM
Malaysia’s travel reopening cheer tainted by controversy over Covid-19 contact-tracing app

Malaysia opened its borders to international travel on Friday, but celebrations were tempered by a controversy surrounding the MySejahtera app which might not be fully government owned as many were led to believe.

Malaysia opened its borders to international travel on Friday, but celebrations were tempered by a controversy surrounding the MySejahtera app which might not be fully government owned as many were led to believe.

3 Apr 2022 - 11:00PM
Malaysia’s divisive smoking debate a sign of what’s to come for Singapore, New Zealand and other countries mulling age-based bans

Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin has sparked controversy with his proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2005.

Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin has sparked controversy with his proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2005.

28 Mar 2022 - 9:04AM
Food fight resumes: excitement and eye rolling as Malaysia, Singapore reopen Asia’s busiest land crossing from April 1

Unrestricted cross-border travel for vaccinated people from April 1 will offer economic gains – and also herald the return of friendly, or not-so-friendly, jousting.

Unrestricted cross-border travel for vaccinated people from April 1 will offer economic gains – and also herald the return of friendly, or not-so-friendly, jousting.

26 Mar 2022 - 12:07PM
Can Malaysians save for retirement if PM Ismail Sabri allows more EPF withdrawals?

Malaysians facing pandemic hardships have been able to dip into their pensions for cash, but experts say it is a short-sighted move, and the government should instead raise the minimum wage to help workers.

Malaysians facing pandemic hardships have been able to dip into their pensions for cash, but experts say it is a short-sighted move, and the government should instead raise the minimum wage to help workers.

25 Mar 2022 - 1:48PM
Ukraine war: How the battle on Malaysia’s social media has become a propaganda tool for Russia and Ukraine

While Ukraine has the lion’s share of international attention, Malaysian observers say local opinion is being shaped by a deluge of Russian propaganda alongside anti-West sentiment due to Islamophobia.

While Ukraine has the lion’s share of international attention, Malaysian observers say local opinion is being shaped by a deluge of Russian propaganda alongside anti-West sentiment due to Islamophobia.

19 Mar 2022 - 4:34PM
Malaysian politics: as Najib and fellow graft suspects gain strength, what’s next for PM Ismail Sabri?

Observers suspect former PM Najib is plotting a return to power to exonerate himself from the 1MDB scandal. If so, Ismail Sabri’s future may rest with the opposition.

Observers suspect former PM Najib is plotting a return to power to exonerate himself from the 1MDB scandal. If so, Ismail Sabri’s future may rest with the opposition.

15 Mar 2022 - 7:30PM
Ukraine invasion: Malaysian diplomats flee Kyiv by road as government draws flak for evacuation bungling

Eight Malaysians and two foreign dependents embarked on a 782km trip after a chartered bus failed to arrive amid heavy traffic along Ukraine’s western border with Poland.

Eight Malaysians and two foreign dependents embarked on a 782km trip after a chartered bus failed to arrive amid heavy traffic along Ukraine’s western border with Poland.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:25PM
Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Najib on the defensive after US trial testimony, faces fresh attack from Mahathir

Star witness Tim Leissner has claimed the former PM met Goldman Sachs’ ex-global chief Lloyd Blankfein at Jho Low’s flat and asked him to give jobs to his children.

Star witness Tim Leissner has claimed the former PM met Goldman Sachs’ ex-global chief Lloyd Blankfein at Jho Low’s flat and asked him to give jobs to his children.

24 Feb 2022 - 9:44AM
Malaysian Hindu-Chinese mum reunites with 3 kids as debate rages over unilateral conversions to Islam

Loh Siew Hong, a Hindu-Chinese, lost access to her three children after her ex-husband unilaterally converted them to Islam in 2019. Non-Muslims do not have legal standing in sharia court proceedings.

Loh Siew Hong, a Hindu-Chinese, lost access to her three children after her ex-husband unilaterally converted them to Islam in 2019. Non-Muslims do not have legal standing in sharia court proceedings.

22 Feb 2022 - 9:30AM
Explainer | Malaysia 1MDB scandal: bigamy, bribes and boozy parties – juicy details emerge from US trial

Former Goldman worker Roger Ng’s trial gave anecdotes about his dealings with Malaysian financier Jho Low wanted for his role in the state fund’s looting.

Former Goldman worker Roger Ng’s trial gave anecdotes about his dealings with Malaysian financier Jho Low wanted for his role in the state fund’s looting.

18 Feb 2022 - 2:45PM
‘Anwar’s last stand’? Johor poll puts Malaysia’s long-time opposition chief to the test

With key vote looming, infighting within the Pakatan Harapan alliance threatens to further loosen the grip of Anwar Ibrahim on the country’s progressive political force.

With key vote looming, infighting within the Pakatan Harapan alliance threatens to further loosen the grip of Anwar Ibrahim on the country’s progressive political force.

17 Feb 2022 - 10:16AM
On Valentine’s Day, Malaysians rebuke minister for proposing husbands use ‘gentle but firm touch’ on ‘stubborn wives’

Deputy Minister for Women Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff faced brickbats for her remarks in an Instagram video on tips for mothers. Activists say there is an entrenched culture of misogyny in parts of the country.

Deputy Minister for Women Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff faced brickbats for her remarks in an Instagram video on tips for mothers. Activists say there is an entrenched culture of misogyny in parts of the country.

14 Feb 2022 - 5:55PM
Malaysians question Muhyiddin’s plan to reopen borders amid Omicron surge

National Recovery Council head’s recommendation to fully reopen to international tourists by March raises eyebrows just a day after a minister warned of a surge in infections.

National Recovery Council head’s recommendation to fully reopen to international tourists by March raises eyebrows just a day after a minister warned of a surge in infections.

9 Feb 2022 - 8:27AM
From OCBC phishing to the ‘Macau scam’, how cyber criminals from Singapore and Hong Kong to Malaysia and India stay one step ahead of the banks

A series of scams that cost OCBC Bank users in Singapore at least US$6.33 million shines a light on how phishing scams across Asia are getting ever more sophisticated.

A series of scams that cost OCBC Bank users in Singapore at least US$6.33 million shines a light on how phishing scams across Asia are getting ever more sophisticated.

26 Jan 2022 - 8:53AM
Explainer | In Johor election, is Malaysia’s Umno seeking stability or a ‘get-out-of-jail’ card for Najib?

Johor leader Hasni Mohammad has insisted the snap poll is needed for the state’s stability but analysts say the move is to bolster Umno which had won recent regional elections.

Johor leader Hasni Mohammad has insisted the snap poll is needed for the state’s stability but analysts say the move is to bolster Umno which had won recent regional elections.

25 Jan 2022 - 2:04PM
In Malaysia, hundreds march against under-fire anti-graft chief Azam Baki

Black-clad protesters gathered in the suburban district of Bangsar outside Kuala Lumpur after police sealed off roads and metro station in the commercial and cultural hub.

Black-clad protesters gathered in the suburban district of Bangsar outside Kuala Lumpur after police sealed off roads and metro station in the commercial and cultural hub.

22 Jan 2022 - 5:15PM